Eight Chinese aquaculture firms blacklisted in antibiotics crackdown
Eight aquaculture firms have been put on a blacklist in Rizhao, China, one of the country’s key seafood production hubs, after their products tested positive for high levels of antibiotics.
Published by the city’s branch of the national Ocean and Fisheries Bureau, the list features companies whose produce failed a sampling inspection by China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
The “grave” presence of antibiotics was found in firms which all operate out of a government-funded facility, the Rizhao Economic Technology District. Among those named were Yin Lei Breeding Co., Wang Ji Min Aquaculture Co., and Liu Jin Lun Aquaculture Co. The eight firms are the first to be placed on the newly created blacklist, which was created under the Rizhao Seafood Quality Inspection Blacklist System.
AQSIQ did not release any details of punishment handed out to the companies beyond the naming, nor did it clarify whether the Rizhao Seafood Quality Inspection Blacklist System is being replicated nationwide. However, the inspections are a sign China is taking a stronger stance on the overuse of antibiotics in aquaculture.